KITTY'S BACK

Live 11 Oct 1975 (late show) version


[Spoken intro:] You better be good, because Kitty's back.

Catlong sighs holding Kitty's black tooth
She left to marry some top cat, ain't that the cold truth
There hasn't been a tally since Sally left the alley
Since Kitty left with Big Pretty things have got pretty thin
Oh, yeah
It's tight on this fence since them young dudes are muscling in

Jack Knife cries 'cause baby's in a bundle
She goes running nightly, lightly through the jungle
Them tin cans are exploding out in the ninety-degree heat
Cat somehow lost his Kitty down on Bleecker Street
It's a sad, sad story, but it's true
The Cat just shrugs his shoulders, sits back and sighs
Oh, what can I do?
Whoa, what can I do?
Oh, what can I do, what can I do, what can I do, what can I do?

Come on, now!

Catlong lies back bent on a trash can
Flashing lights cut the night, dude in white says he's the man
Better learn to move fast when you're young or you're not long around
Cat somehow lost his Kitty down in the city pound
Get right, tight, get down

Hey!

Man, now!
Mmm

Steven, here she comes
[Steve Van Zandt:] Here she comes
Clarence, here she comes
[Clarence Clemons:] Here she comes
[Spoken:] There's a girl that follows me all around, state to state, town to town—it rhymes! Country to country, it's a scary thing. Here she comes... Shh, can't make no noise, you gonna make all this noise, she's gonna see me now, shh. Band, get down, now. Go be a drummer. Clarence, if she comes up here, will you tell her that I'm gone, that I got sick and had to go home or something? All right, shh. She won't see me. Beat it. Give her nobody knows, just beat it please, right now. Clarence.
[Clarence Clemons (spoken):] Ladies and gentlemen, I hate to announce, uh, Bruce will not be with us tonight due to illness. So if you see Kitty, pass it on. Bruce is not here. Thank you very much.
[Spoken:] Did she go away, Stevie?
[Steve Van Zandt (spoken):] I don't know man, I don't see her no more.
Here she comes, Steven, here she comes again
Here she comes, here she come, here she come
Hey, baby, try to give her the chop!
Here she comes, here she comes, here she comes, here she comes
Here she comes, no, here she comes
Here she comes, here she comes
Here she comes, (here she comes)
(Here she comes), here she comes
(Here she comes), here she comes
(Here she comes), here she comes
(Here she comes), here she comes
(Here she comes), here she comes
(Here she comes), here she comes
(Here she comes), here she comes
(Here she comes), here she comes
(Here she comes), here she comes
(Here she comes), here she comes
(Here she comes, here she comes)
(Here she come, here she come)
(Here she come, here she come)
(Here she come, here she come)
(Here she come, here she come)
(Here she come, here she come)
(Here she come, here she come)
(Here she come, here she come)
(Here she come, here she come, here, here)
(Here she come, here she come)
(Here she come, here she come)
(Here she come, here she come)
(Here she come, here she come)
(Here she come, here she come)
(Here she come, here she come)
Whoa!
Kitty's back in town (here she comes, now)
Kitty's back (oh, oh, all right)
Kitty's back in town (here she comes, now)
Kitty's back (oh, oh, all right)
Kitty's back in town (here she comes, now)
Kitty's back (oh, oh, all right)
Whoa, yeah (here she comes, now)
Kitty's back (oh, oh, all right)

Cat knows his Kitty's been untrue
That she left him for a city dude
But she's so soft, she's so blue
When he looks into her eyes
He just sits back and sighs
Whoa, what can I do?
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, what can I do?
What can I do?
What can I do?
Whoa, what can I do?
What can I do?
What can I do?
Band!

(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, oh, it's all right) I know right there!
Oh, that's all right
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, oh, it's all right)
Hey, that's all right
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, oh, it's all right)
Let me hear it now! And it's:
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, oh, it's all right)
Hey, that's all right now, and it's
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, oh, it's all right) Yeah, that's all right
Let me hear it now! And it's
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, oh, it's all right)
Clarence, play your sax a little bit!

Whoa, oh! Whoa, oh! (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, oh, it's all right)
Hey hey, hey hey, hey hey, hey, hey, hey hey (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, oh, it's all right)
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey hey (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, oh, it's all right)
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, oh, it's all right)
Oh, oh, oh
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, oh, it's all right)
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, oh, it's all right)
Play that!
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, oh, it's all right)
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, oh, it's all right)

[Spoken outro:] Kitty's back! Clarence Clemons on the saxophone! Roy Bittan at the piano, Dan Federici on the organ. The E Street Band.


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 11 Oct 1975 (late show) performance of KITTY'S BACK at Monmouth Arts Center in Red Bank, NJ, during the Born To Run Tour. The song was played in an extended, full-band version featuring a snippet of Van Morrison's MOONDANCE in the midsection. This particular version features an unusual spoken midsection.

Promotional poster for the 11 Oct 1975 show at Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ
Promotional poster for the 11 Oct 1975 show at Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ
Ticket stub for the 11 Oct 1975 show at Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ
Ticket stub for the 11 Oct 1975 show at Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ
(Taken from Brucebase)

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.

Available Versions

List of available versions of KITTY'S BACK on this website:

KITTY'S BACK [Album version]
KITTY'S BACK [Outtake version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 06 Dec 1973 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 13 Jul 1974 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 05 Feb 1975 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 08 Aug 1975 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 14 Aug 1975 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 27 Sep 1975 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 11 Oct 1975 (late show) version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 18 Nov 1975 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 05 Dec 1975 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 19 Sep 1978 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 17 Dec 2000 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 08 Dec 2001 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 06 Oct 2002 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 11 Dec 2002 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 29 Apr 2003 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 31 Aug 2003 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 08 Dec 2003 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 20 Mar 2008 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 07 May 2008 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 15 Aug 2008 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 29 Apr 2009 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 23 May 2009 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 03 Oct 2009 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 07 Nov 2009 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 03 Nov 2010 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 05 Feb 2014 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Strange Fruit's cover version]

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